Becoming a Physician: What Should I Major In?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Becoming a Doctor, Blog | 0 comments

Becoming a Physician: What Should I Major In?

Are you a teenager in high school currently? Have you always dreamed of becoming a doctor? Are you confused about your future? Do you not know which major to choose for your undergraduate studies? Deciding on a major for college is one of the most important decisions that you will make. If you are interested in becoming a physician, there are many different options that you may want to think about.

While many med students do choose to major in biological studies, surveys have shown that about 50% do not. There are many med school students who major in humanities, business, etc. in their undergraduate studies. The fact is, most medical schools simply want students who did well in their undergraduate studies and have a real passion for learning. That being said, there are many things to consider when choosing a major if you do want to become a physician.

Which majors will help you get a jump on the med school curriculum?

Many students who want to go to medical school will study some type of science such as biology, agricultural science, physics, or chemistry. Many schools will have specific pre-med programs that students who are interested in going on to medical school to pursue becoming doctors can take advantage of, and that will definitely be beneficial to many students.

What are you interested in?

You are likely to do well in college if you are taking courses that interest you. Even if you are interested in something that seemingly has little to do with medical school like the French language or English literature, you would be surprised how both of these majors may be helpful. Studying the humanities will give you critical thinking skills that will certainly come in handy in medical school and in your career in medicine.

What classes will you excel in?

For some students, biology may seem to be the best pre-med major. However, many biology courses are extremely difficult. Medical school is full of difficult courses so these are skills you will need to develop throughout your studies. However, some students will want to take courses that are not quite as difficult during their undergraduate studies.

What school are you going to?

The school you choose to go to will to a certain extent dictate the majors you will be able to choose. Be sure to do your research and really look into the various degrees available at your school of choice. The school you plan to go to may have a famous math department or sociology department. You may be able to get a higher quality education at one department of the school than you would with another. These are all things to consider.

The most important thing about being a pre-med student is that you study hard and make good grades, no matter what courses you end up pursuing. Whatever your major, make sure it’s something you will be able to really dive into. Med schools will appreciate your passion and dedication.